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March 2016 Blog Posts (19)

What God Won't Forgive You For

Religious conservatives seem convinced that morality, justice, law, order, and just about anything else you might think of as a social good come directly from god. Without religion, they would say, the world would quickly descend into chaos and evil. These religionists seem to believe that the solution to all the world’s problems is religion and more religion. If this is true, maybe it would be a good idea introduce more religion into our government as many religionists recommend. After all,…


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Added by Chris Cook on March 29, 2016 at 9:32pm — No Comments

Student Attitude - Part II

karatekidcircles This week, I present more of my taekwondo students' thoughts on Attitude. Some are too young to write, so they have assistance from mom and dad to help them discuss the topic and to put words to paper.



- You have trouble seeing good things

- You don't have fun

- Nobody wants to be around you

- You will have bad things happened because you will not be able to see any good things


- You see…


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Added by Stephen Lawrence Brayton on March 25, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

Advance Money?

Certainly, your best advance deal would come from one of the imprints owned by the Big Five corps or houses. Although a great deal could come from a well-known independent like Kensington and others. (Disregard Publisher’s Market Place definitions for a moment) I would consider a substantial deal, or something I was very happy with, as an advance of five figures and over. I would not scoff at $2,000 to $5,000, provided they had reputable distribution for bookstore placement and library…

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Added by Chris Stevenson on March 23, 2016 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Samhain Tanking?

The recent news is that Samhain has sent out a letter informing their authors that they will be shutting its doors, but carrying on with the current production of books. The reasons seem to be financial. A decline in sales. This is not too far from the tail of Ellora's Cave, which is another tale of woe.

I've been wrestling with the poor sales topic on my blog for five years now. I do mean, primarily, small press and brand name independents. I've been in total denial and shock…


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Added by Chris Stevenson on March 22, 2016 at 8:24pm — No Comments

Writing a Series?

I swear and, as God is my witness, I had a terrible prejudice against anyone who wrote a series, or planned to write one before their first book was even picked up. I laughed at anyone who wrote a complete series and had no agent to push it. Back in the day, series books weren't as popular as they are now. Today, it's almost a given that large independents and big publishers like/love to sell a series. Two-book, trilogies and large series packages are more…


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Added by Chris Stevenson on March 22, 2016 at 8:22pm — No Comments

Email Marketing

Email marketing is not as complicated as you think. It's simply a means to advertise or inform potential customers over the Internet that you have something of interest to offer them. You can sell products, information or services by directly contacting persons who are looking for what you offer. Email marketing is cheap, fast and surprisingly interactive. An email marketing campaigns starts with some valuable tips.

Your Virtual Base of…

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Added by Chris Stevenson on March 22, 2016 at 8:21pm — No Comments

The New Planet Janitor; Custodian of the Stars

Just thought I would mention that my SF book, Planet Janitor, has been given new content, revised and re-covered. I'm very happy about the new face lift, and my publishers' dedication and love for this title. It's on Pre-order now at Amazon: 



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Added by Chris Stevenson on March 22, 2016 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Writer's Fruit Salad

The following questions popped up in a number of writer’s groups, particularly Absolute Write. They were interesting because they were more personal than the norm. Kind of a spill your guts in nature. I’m a truth-teller. I won’t shy or back off such questions because I’ve been in this too long to hide anything. Yet they are only my experiences. So, have at me, and I hope you learn something or take a trip down a writer’s memory lane.…

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Added by Chris Stevenson on March 22, 2016 at 8:00pm — No Comments

What is a Stealth Agent? What is an A-List Agent?

First, Stealth Agents:

My agent was/is a stealth agent. She was/is an A-lister in hiding. You will run across these in your search. Oh, God, you say. That's a whole new kettle of fish. Real short: in most cases, a stealth agent does not have a website, Twitter feed, FB account--NONE of it. No footprint. They might only be registered in a few online media listings, like Agent Query, and there you will find almost nothing…

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Added by Chris Stevenson on March 22, 2016 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Cold Coffee Press Endorses Kaylin McFarren’s Threads Series

Cold Coffee Press Endorses Kaylin McFarren’s Threads Series

"Stories That Touch The Soul"

Newest Release…


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Added by Kaylin McFarren on March 21, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments


My name is David Weller and I write fiction for YA and Upper MG readers.

My first completed novel is kept safely under lock and key to avoid tarnishing my reputation. My second, Truthseeker, was written for readers at the younger end of the YA scale. It is complete at 75K and I'm trying to find it a home. The full MS is currently under consideration by an agent in London. My third novel, Secret of Heathcote Manor, is aimed at an Upper MG readership and the first draft is well…


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Added by David John Weller on March 18, 2016 at 8:32pm — No Comments

Most Inspirational Traditional Indian Art Created By Distinguished Indian Artists

Indian paintings have a very long folklore and antiquity in Indian art. The first Indian paintings that came into being and were widely known were rock paintings of antediluvian eras. Moreover, with the passage of time art has certainly transformed to a great extent.

Whether we look at cave art, Ajanta and Ellora murals and the miniature chefs-d'oeuvre of Mughal, Rajput and hill schools of traditional Indian art, India art has…


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Added by Neha Gupta on March 18, 2016 at 1:32pm — No Comments

Student Attitude - Part I

NEW-ATTITUDE I've written about attitude before, but February's theme was attitude and I thought I'd share some of my students' thoughts on attitude. (Actually, for testing, each student is required to write at least a one page essay on the theme of the month.)


To me, attitude means the feeling with which a person does tings, and it is these feelings that affect every aspect of not only the person's actions, but everything around them as well.

First is…


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Added by Stephen Lawrence Brayton on March 18, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

It's A Debatable 2016



                                      Written By: R. F. Husnik



            It was another super-duper Tuesday, and of course both the writer’s friends and enemies had previously demanded his “take” on where the political situation in America was “at” just now. So, to answer them, he’d begun by penning a nonsense paragraph which had used all the candidate’s last names in jest. But after he’d read what he’d written, although he’d…


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Added by RF Husnik on March 12, 2016 at 7:04pm — No Comments

South City Mosaic: Life On Alaska (South City Mosaic Series Book One) by Glenn Sartori



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Added by Glenn Sartori on March 7, 2016 at 6:39pm — No Comments


Focus In my taekwondo classes, we emphasize the aspect of focus when learning a technique. Focus on stances. Focus on hand position. We also discuss a broader perspective of focusing on whatever goals have been set.

There is so much to this theme it's difficult to just stay with one point.

When I'm competing in tournaments, I've learned to focus on my performance. I don't look at the judges, except when bowing in and accepting my score. When I start my form, I focus on a…


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Added by Stephen Lawrence Brayton on March 4, 2016 at 12:30am — No Comments

Miss Springs Seedy Side...

 Miss Spring arrived quite early today...

She brought with her some rain...Hooray...

Her job description is to assure...

That the garden will endure...

All the habitants needed...

And even the seeded....

Her first assignment of her duties...

Will be to match up all the cuties...

Like Azaleas, Iris, Pansies and more...

A Rose with…


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Added by kjforce on March 3, 2016 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Twist in Time ?

As I stand here in front of my closet , starring into space...

I wonder which black dress to wear, and how I am going to face..

All the guests that will be there, at your final resting place...

I look in the mirror and what do I see ?

But cuts and bruises all over me...

Although I don’t feel any physical pain...

Oh, what’s that I hear ?... could it possibly be rain ?

I miss you already...just what went wrong ?.. 

We were driving along ,…


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Added by kjforce on March 1, 2016 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Who and What determines Choices in Our Life ?

Life is about choices and decisions, which constitues a learning experience...

The word " choice " is defined as an act or instance of choosing,the right of privilege , power or opportunity to choose an alternative.Selected per your decision..personal preference ,favored or favorite... what are the things that interest us?

Dictionary definition :…


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Added by kjforce on March 1, 2016 at 7:30pm — No Comments

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